Press Watchdog finds The Times 'distorted' news about Muslim Foster Carers

    The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has ruled that The Times “distorted” coverage about a “white Christian child” who was placed with Muslim foster carers in east London.

    The Times front page, August 2017

    The newspaper ran three front page stories in August 2017 about a five-year-old girl “taken from her family and forced to live with a niqab-wearing foster carer” under the orders of Tower Hamlets council.

    The Times alleged that the foster parents had stopped her from eating bacon, removed her crucifix necklace and confused her by speaking Arbaic.

    The council complained to the Press watchdog, Ipso that the story published on August 30, ‘Judge rules child must leave Muslim foster home’, had broken the Editor’s Code regarding rules around accuracy.

    The press regulator upheld the council’s complaint that the paper had implied a judge had ordered the girl to be removed from her foster carers’ home to live with her grandmother.

    In fact, it was Tower Hamlets council who had sought to place the youngster with her mother’s family.

    The chief executive of Tower Hamlets council, Will Tuckley, told the BBC that the council had complained because it wanted to defend its own foster carers.

    He said: "From the start we had concerns about the validity of the allegations about the foster carers.

    "For example one allegation was that they did not speak English, even though that is a prerequisite for any foster carer.

    "The allegation that the foster placement was a bad choice by the council was also found by Ipso to be distorted information."

    The girl’s grandmother was later revealed to be a “non-practising Muslim” who did not speak English.

    In Wednesday’s edition of The Times, the Ipso ruling was mentioned on the front page, with the decision printed in full on page two.

    “Ipso’s Complaints Committee found that the article gave the impression that the judge had found that the placement was a “failure” by the council; and that this was why she was “removing” the child from her current foster carers, and placing the child with the grandmother,” the ruling read.

    “The Committee ruled that this was a distortion. The complainant had been in the process of assessing the grandmother, and when those assessments were complete, it applied to the court for the child to be placed with her.”

    Many from the third sector have welcomed the ruling, and have jointly issued a statement on the reporting of 'Christian child placed into Muslim Foster Care'

     "We are pleased that the regulators have decided to ask The Times to correct one of the four front page articles written on week commencing August 28th 2017 but we would also like The Times and related publications to note that hundreds of Muslim foster carers open their homes to both Muslim and non-Muslim children every year.

    "These carers vary in terms of how they practice their religion, as do all carers of any faith group. Foster carers, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,  work extremely hard in caring for children who are going through challenging times and as such, they are owed a great deal of respect and gratitude.

    "It is wholly unacceptable that one of these fostering families was denigrated by The Times and related press outlets. We would encourage and welcome news outlets to use their resources to work with us to improve society, particularly for the most vulnerable, and to give credit to good work where it is due." Read the statement, which was signed by many from the sector, which included humanitarian charity Penny Appeal's CEO Aamer Naeem, CEO of Nationwide Association of Foster Providers, Harvey Gallagher and CEO Kevin Williams of The Fostering Network

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    FA Cup Fourth Round

    Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

    A first half full of plenty of action which most won’t forget in a hurry. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty for the reds and due to VAR there was a delay in awarding the Baggies a third goal. Concerns were raised with the new technology splitting the opinions of football fans across the country.

    West Brom Manager Alan Pardew spoke to BBC Sport regarding the issue:

    "In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened.”

    Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and West Brom is through to the fifth round.

    Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

    The Blues ease through to the fifth round after defeating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge earlier today

    Cardiff City 0 Man city 2

    Man City has now booked a place in the fifth round.

    Women’s Football:

    Reading Women hold Arsenal Women to a goalless draw in their FA WSL 1 clash today at Adams Park.

    Man City Women maintained their two point lead at the top of the table by beating Sunderland away.

    Chelsea Ladies beat Everton Ladies to keep the pressure on Man City Women.

    Birmingham City Ladies moved into the top half of the league by seeing of Yeovil Town at home, scoring three goals.

    Liverpool Ladies get two pass Bristol City with newly appointed England Women’s head coach Phil Neville watching from the stands.


    Delhi Senior Women’s Cricket team win T20 elite super league

    Delhi emerged as winners of the tournament with a nine wicket win over Goa who failed to win a single game in the four team super league.

    India Cricket Team retain ICC Test Mace

    Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the the mace, which is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the Test format. Source and photo credit: BCCI


    Saturday 3rd October will see the highly anticipated domestic bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain. North London and South London will collide as the two cruiserweights will battle it out in a sold out O2 arena. The fight is co promoted by Matchroom boxing and Anthony Joshua who manages the former Olympian Okolie.

    Frank warren made an announcement last week stating that the 10th February boxing event at the Copper Box arena has been cancelled due to injuries.
    The show was to feature up and coming talent from across the UK with British Asian welterweight boxer Hamzah Sheeraz set to fight in his second professional bout since turning pro last year.
    The show has now been moved to the 24th February at the iconic York Hall where Sheeraz is likely to feature on the card.

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    U-19 India Cricket team storm into semi-final showdown against Pakistan

    India made a statement by beating Bangladesh by 131 runs to land a tantalising semi-final against arch enemies Pakistan.
    The three times Under-19 World Cup champions put on a fine display with Captain Prithvi Shaw winning the toss and opting to bat first. Vice-captain Shubnam Gill was once again in the thick of the runs scoring his third consecutive fifty.
    Bangladesh put on a brave fight with Qazi Onik eventually taking Gill out. As they took to the batting field it was only Pinak Ghosh who top scored with 43 for Bangladesh.
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    England lose by three wickets to Australia bringing their lead in the ODI series to 3-1

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    Sheffield Wednesday 3 Reading 1

    Yeovil Town faced Manchester United last night with Alexis Sanchez putting on a fine display in his debut for the Reds. The score ended 4-0 to Manchester United.

    FA Cup Fourth Round Results:Today

    Leicester 5 Peterborough 1

    Southampton 1 Watford 0

    Coventry 1 MK dons 0

    Hull City 2 Nottm Forest 1

    Millwall 2 Rochdale 2

    Sheff United 1 Preston 0

    Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1

    Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1

    Notts County 1 Swansea 1

    Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham 0

    Newport County 1 Tottenham 1

    Liverpool v West Brom kick off at 19.45pm tonight

    Main Photo Credit: BBC Sport

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    By Sonia RANDEV

    The U-19 India Cricket team have sailed through to the quarter finals setting themselves up for a showdown against Bangladesh on Friday.
    After winning comfortably in all three group matches beating the Aussies by 100 runs and Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, India face Bangladesh and if they win they will face Pakistan in what promises to be a juicy semi-final on January 30th.


    Skipper Prithvi Shaw and his team will look to continue their winning streak after topping their group. Bangladesh on the other hand started of positively well in the tournament by beating minnows Namibia by 87 runs and Canada by 66 runs. But their luck soon ran out when faced against England losing their final group game by 7 wickets.
    It is likely that Bangladesh will face the pressure against a confident Indian side after coming off the back of a loss.
    The match will take place at Queenstown event centre in Queenstown, New Zealand. So far all of India’s games have been played at Bay Oval.


    India have yet to be tested heading into the knockout stages. Bangladesh emerged as second best in group C.On paper India look firm favourites to win but Bangladesh will look to their all rounder and one of their star players Afif Hossain who already has two fifties to his name. India will also be wary of Towhid Hridoy whose 122 sank Canada. These two could play a pivotal part in upsetting the odds.

    Left arm spinner Anukul Roy for India will lead the way having troubled previous opposition with his guile and turn.

    Three time champions India will be fresh coming into this fixture having played Zimbabwe last Friday and Bangladesh the same having played England last Thursday.
    India will also be looking to seek revenge as they lost to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur last November.

    You can watch the match live on Star Sports 1 HD on Friday from 3am who are the official broadcasters or follow The Indian Express for live updates.

    India: Prithvi Shaw (c), Shubman Gill, Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Harvik Desai, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Shiva Singh, Aryan Juyal, Arshdeep Singh, Pankaj Yadav, Aditya Thakare

    Bangladesh: Saif Hassan (c), Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Shakil Hossain, Robiul Hoque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Onik, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud, Tipu Sultan

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    NBA fever hits London town

    By Sonia RANDEV

    This month saw the NBA hit the O2 arena in spectacular fashion as the Boston Celtics faced the Philadelphia 76ers in front of a packed out venue attracting a host of celebrities and sports stars from around the globe.

    An annual event that sits as a firm favorite with fans and now in its eighth NBA season in London did not fail to disappoint.

    The 76ers were ahead with a points lead of 49-27, prompting Celtics to come back fighting. Jaylen Brown hit 21 points, Marcus Morris with 19 and former NBA Rookie of the year and NBA Champion with the Cavaliers Kyrie Irving added 20 to the tally.

    Australian born Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and JJ Redick all added to the 76ers score card but as the game heated up going into the final quarter the Celtics emerged victorious ending the game with a final score of 114-103.

    Photo Credit:NBA UK and Getty Images

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